[R] Fit non-linear regressor

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Sat Jan 10 10:21:06 CET 2004

On 09-Jan-04 Bernardo Rangel Tura wrote:
> Hi R masters,
> Sorry for first mensage, this is orignal text...
> y<-c(2.8150,3.5239,4.0980,4.5845,5.0709,5.4824,5.8427,6.3214,6.7349,7.36
> 51)
> x<-c(37,42,47,52,57,62,67,72,77,82)
> I need fit R and A in y=f(x)=R*exp(A*x), with minimize sd=
> sqrt(SRR/(n-2)) where SRR is Sum of the Square of the Residuals 
> and n is number of data points (in this case 10)
> How do I make this?

What is your objection, with these data, to a linear regression
of log(y) on x? This would give you log(R) as intercept
and A as slope, and you can get back to y by exponentiating;
though it would not quite minimise what you want, rather minimising
the SS of residuals of log(y).

Or indeed, now that I look more closely, even a simple linear
regression of y on x?

[Perhaps you need the fitted relationship to be "realistic" over
 the unobserved range (0,36) of x; but the lower end of this will
 be poorly estimated.]


shows that the the fit lm(y~x) fits the data better than lm(log(y)~x),
over the range of X considered. The data do not match the curvature
of the exponentiated lm2 fit.

I tend to doubt that taking the trouble to do a non-linear fit which
minimises the residuals of y would make a meaningful improvement on
lm(log(y)~x) over this range!

More interesting, perhaps, is the apparent sinusoidal effect -- slight,
but clearly visible relative to the above fitted straight line ...

... what does "x" represent?

With best wishes,

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